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Dec. 13, 2010

Tax Rate Cut -
Oswego County Legislators Adopt 2011 Budget

Oswego County's average property tax rate will decrease from $7.16 to $6.99 for every $1,000 of assessed value under the 2011 budget that was adopted by the Oswego County Legislature Dec. 9.

This is the seventh consecutive year that Oswego County has avoided a tax increase. The $189,201,088 budget was approved Thursday evening. The amount of revenue to be raised by property taxes is $36,968,927.

County Legislature Chairman Barry Leemann (District 4, Amboy) said state-mandated programs continue to be the most significant factor affecting the county budget and property taxes. "Just nine of the dozens of state and federal mandates will cost local taxpayers $46 million next year," he said.

He noted that legislators, county administration, and department heads scrutinized all aspects of the budget in order to prevent a tax rate increase. Proposed salary increases for department heads and members of the legislature were cut. A number of new positions that were requested by department heads were also eliminated.

The 2011 tax rate will vary slightly in some municipalities, depending on equalization rates, town workers' compensation costs, and other factors.

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